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Technique Spotlight: Masking Tape

What's Up! Stampers today was a good time, and we made a unique and easy card that helps us remember how fun it is to play with ink.

The masking tape technique simply uses masking tape, an ink pad, and paper to create a super cool background. I added a water Spritzer to the mix to take away the stark lines of of the masking tape.

What the heck am I talking about? Here's how the masking tape technique works:

Step one: Cut a piece of paper to the desired size. I chose Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper and cut it 5" x 3 3/4."

Step two: Put a piece of blue or lighter stick masking tape on the desired color of ink pad, then put the masking tape on the paper (make sure the masking tape is longer than the ink pad). Rub the ink onto the paper before removing the masking tape. Repeat this step as many times as you'd like, with as many colors as you'd like. I did it three times, using Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, and Crushed Curry inks.

Many of the cards you see with this technique stop here with it. But I chose to do one more step.

Step three: Spritz the paper with water to get the ink to run a little. This part of the technique only works well if you're using watercolor paper. I like the results best if the paper is laying flat so it doesn't run down the paper but just takes away the stark lines of the masking tape.

Step four: Decorate your background as desired.

I desired to use the leaves and flowers from the Petal Park stamp set in black ink to try to portray them in the shadows at sunset. I stamped the leaves in black right on the watercolor paper but stamped the flowers on Very Vanilla cardstock and punched them out using the Petal Park Builder Punch. I think it turned out beautifully.

I added the watercolor paper layer to a piece of Crushed Curry cardstock that measures 5 1/8" x 3 7/8," and both are adhered to a piece of Thick Very Vanilla cardstock 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" folded in half.

You can watch me make this card by heading here. If you scroll to the bottom of this blog post, you will see a list of supplies I used to create this card. Click on any one of the items, and it'll take you to that product in my online store for easy shopping. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Happy techniquing!


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